Baked Potato in Air Fryer

Wait, can I make a baked potato in the air fryer? In a word, you bet (more than one word).  Also, let’s see what those air fryers can do, right?  If you own one, you want to put it to use.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

So why would you use an air fryer to bake a potato? This is a very good question, and one I asked myself as I set up the machine. There are a few reasons one might want to do such a thing: it’s a nice option if you don’t want to heat up the oven, for one. Or maybe your oven is full, and you need an alternative way of cooking those spuds. And if you are a person who likes crispy potato skins on your baked potatoes, that another reason right there. And they take about 40 minutes, which is less time then they would take in the oven.

I thought they crisped up really nicely, especially with a light (light!) coating of oil and salt.

Baked Potato in Air Fryer

I did some research on whether or not you needed to pierce or stab potatoes before air frying them, and it was inconclusive. What I concluded, however, was that there seemed to be no harm in doing it, and for any of us who have cleaned up an oven or a microwave after an unpierced potato has exploded, it seemed like erring on the side of caution was a good move.

How to Cook a Baked Potato in an Air Fryer

Prick the potatoes in a few spots with a fork. You don’t have to stab them in a billion spots, three or four stabs seems good enough.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Rub the potatoes with oil, then rub them with salt, coating them evenly on all sides.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Place the potatoes in the air fryer. However many potatoes you are cooking, make sure they don’t touch.

Set the air fryer to 400 degrees and cook them for about 40 minutes, turning them as needed about halfway through as they start to brown on the top. Sometimes air fryers have a baked potato setting and you can go for that, though test them after to make sure they are done (see below).

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

When a fork or a knife slides in easily they are done. Cut them lengthwise down the top, squeeze to open them up, fluff up a bit with a fork, and top as you like. You can never go wrong with a pat of butter and some sour cream.

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You can make as many potatoes as will fit in an air fryer at one time. Just don’t crowd them – there needs to be space between them for the air to circulate. This depends on the size of your air fryer.  It also may take more time if there are more potatoes.

Also good to know: How to Make a Perfect Baked Potato.

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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

All you need to know to make perfectly cooked, crispy-skinned baked potatoes in the air fryer.
Yield: 4 people
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Directions

  • Prick the potatoes in a few spots with a fork. Rub the potatoes with the oil, then rub them with the salt, coating them evenly on all sides. Place them in the air fryer. Make sure the potatoes don’t touch.
  • Set the air fryer to 400°F and cook them for about 40 minutes, turning them as needed about halfway through as they start to brown on the top. When a fork or a knife slides in easily they are done.
  • Cut them lengthwise down the top, always halfway into the potato, give them a little squeeze to open them up, and top with your favorite toppings!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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Comments

  1. We live on a planet with finite resources. Pop the potatoes in an instant pot for 10 minutes or boil them in water and then just crisp them up in the airfryer.

  2. as I said before I placed the baked potato in the air fryer as you suggested pierced it oiled it salted it padded it baby. Everything Windows to a baked potato checked it after 35 minutes nothing hard as a rock checked it again minutes later hard as a rock 20 minutes later hard as a rock but the time I ate it was at least an hour and a half that’s what it took for the damn potato to cook but it was Sherry yummy smothered in butter yum yum yum

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